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Trio of peregrine falcons make debut in Rockford ceremony

Jul. 7, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A trio of peregrine falcons has made their debut in Illinois. The Rockford Register Star reports the chicks received identification bands during a Saturday ceremony. Their names are Peaches, Freddie VanTweet and Sweeney. They're believed to be among the first to hatch in Rockford. The...

Dwane Casey says it was 'exciting' to see Raptors win title

Jun. 21, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Dwane Casey had nothing but positive things to say about the fact that his former team just won the NBA title. Casey coached the Toronto Raptors for seven seasons but was fired last offseason — even though he'd just guided the Raptors to a team-record 59 wins and would...

Leonard quiet on future as Raptors celebrate with parade

Jun. 18, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Fresh off leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, Kawhi Leonard received the key to the city at Monday's championship parade and rally. For now, however, the two-way star and two-time NBA Finals MVP isn't saying whether he'll use it to keep a door open or close it behind him...

Nick Nurse's nomadic coaching path takes him to an NBA title

Jun. 14, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Whenever Toronto coach Nick Nurse needed inspiration this season, he merely needed to look at his office wall. Hanging there is a big photo, a finish-line shot of the 2015 Travers Stakes at historic Saratoga Race Course. There are two horses in the frame; one is Triple Crown winner...

Raptors earn 1st NBA title, top injured Warriors in Game 6

Jun. 14, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard raised his arms high in triumph and celebrated Canada's first NBA championship. "We the North!" is now "We the Champs!" Leonard and the Toronto Raptors captured the country's first major title in 26 years with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise's NBA...

The Latest: Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for 1st time

Jun. 13, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest from Thursday night's Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the first time. The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. The Raptors won the series 4-2,...

Much at stake in a last NBA Finals trip to Oracle Arena

Jun. 11, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The NBA Finals are making one last trip to Oracle Arena. For the Toronto Raptors, it's a second shot at a first championship. For the Golden State Warriors, it'll be a night to play for a fallen teammate and the fans they're leaving behind. Game 6 is Thursday and the stakes could hardly be...

Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals

Jun. 11, 2019 1:10 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors aren't letting go of the NBA title just yet. With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson shooting and Draymond Green swatting, the champions found a way to win even after a gut-wrenching loss. Curry scored 31 points, Thompson added 26 and they led a season-saving surge...

Raptors miss opportunity in Game 5 of NBA Finals

Jun. 11, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — They were up by six, in the city that Torontonians call The Six, with less than three minutes left. The NBA championship was there for the taking. And the Toronto Raptors couldn't finish it off. The Raptors still lead the NBA Finals 3-2, even after losing at home to the Golden State Warriors...

The Latest: Warriors rally, force Game 6 in NBA Finals

Jun. 10, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Latest from Monday night's Game 5 of the NBA Finals (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Kyle Lowry's 3-pointer at the buzzer was well off, and the Golden State Warriors rallied from a six-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat the Toronto Raptors 106-105 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals...